DID YOU KNOW?
Elementary schools can only serve water, milk, zero-calorie flavored water and 100 percent fruit juices with less than 30 grams of sugar per 8-ounce serving. Middle and high schools follow the same sugar-content guidelines and are allowed to serve Gatorade. Here's how Pinellas school lunches have evolved:
Now: Baked. Deep-fried only available in high schools.
Then: Not portioned — each could weigh more than 3 ounces.
Now: Portioned to weigh less than 2 ounces.
Then: White crust with regular cheese.
Now: Whole-grain crust with low-fat cheese.
Source: Catherine Gerard, acting food and nutrition supervisor, Pinellas County schools